Thursday 1 January 2015

Heidegger’s Zollikon Seminars. A 50th-anniversary revaluation. 4. Seminar of 11 and 14 May 1965. Inner Circle Seminar 214 (17 May 2015)

Martin Heidegger
at home in Freiburg
Heideggers Zollikon Seminars

A 50th-anniversary revaluation

4. Seminar of 11 and 14 May 1965

‘We now make a leap to the body-problem.

Martin Heidegger and Medard Boss
on the Feldweg south of Messkirch, 1963

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 214
Sunday 17 May 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Between 1959 and 1969 the German philosopher Martin Heidegger conducted seminars for psychiatrists in the Swiss psychiatrist Medard Boss’s house in Zollikon near Zürich. We reexamine these seminars fifty years later almost to the day, and today we focus on his seminar of 11 and 14 May 1965. Heidegger tries to help his audience make what he calls a ‘leap to the body-problem’. He laments the blindness to phenomena in the supposedly scientific accounts of the relation between ‘psyche’ and ‘soma’. He gives an exemplary, lucid analysis 
of the logical contradictions in a recently published lecture by Hegglin on ‘psychosomatic medicine’. He contradicts Hegglin’s claim that, while sadness cannot be measured, tears ‘can be investigated quantitatively’. Tears, insists Heidegger, cannot be measured, although drops of fluid can. This ‘simple’ thinking is indispensable if psychotherapists want to think at all.

Venue:    ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE

Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

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